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Installing a ServeRAID adapter

Use this information to install an IBM ServeRAID adapter.

For configuration information, see the ServeRAID documentation at the Lenovo Support Portal.

To ensure that any of your ServeRAID adapters function properly on UEFI-based servers, make sure that the adapter firmware and supporting device drivers are updated to the latest version.

Read the safety information in Safety and Installation guidelines.

If you are installing an optional device in the server, turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables.

To install an IBM ServeRAID adapter, complete the following steps.

  1. Remove the PCI riser-card assembly (see Removing the PCI riser-card assembly).
  2. Remove the expansion-slot cover on the slot that you intend to use and save for future use.
    PCI expansion-slot covers must be installed on all vacant slots. This maintains the electronic emissions standards of the server and ensures proper ventilation of server components.
    Figure 1. ServeRAID adapter installation
    ServeRAID adapter installation
  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new ServeRAID adapter to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server; then, grasp the adapter by the top edge or upper corners of the adapter and remove it from the package.
  4. Take the signal cable that is attached to the drive backplane and connect it to the ServeRAID adapter.
    • If you install a ServeRAID adapter in slot 1 on the PCI riser-card assembly, route the signal cable from the drive backplane as shown in the following illustration.

    • If you install a ServeRAID-M1050 or ServeRAID-M5014 adapter in slot 2 on the PCI riser-card assembly, route the signal cable from the drive backplane through the fan cage hole on the left of fan 1 as shown in the following illustration. Connect the signal cable to Port 0 on the ServeRAID adapter.
      1. You must connect the signal cable to Port 0 on a ServeRAID-M1050 or ServeRAID-M5014 adapter.
      2. Secure the cable on the system board with cable tie after routing.

  5. Align the ServeRAID adapter so that the keys align correctly with the connector on the PCI riser-card assembly.
  6. Insert the ServeRAID adapter into the connector on the PCI riser-card assembly until it is firmly seated.
    Incomplete insertion might cause damage to the server or the adapter.
  7. Install the PCI riser-card assembly (see Replacing the PCI riser-card assembly).

If you have other devices to install, do so now. Otherwise, go to Completing the installation.

When you restart the server, you are prompted to import the existing RAID configuration to the new ServeRAID adapter.